Special Issue "Safety, Security and Privacy Aware ICT Health Systems: Cross Border Engineering Strategies and Challenges in the Healthcare Setting"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editors

Department of Cardiovascular and Endocrine-Metabolic Diseases and Aging, National Institute of Health, 00161 Rome, Italy
Interests: biomedical engineering; retina biomedical signal processing; cluster analysis; medical engineering; AI; biomedical optical imaging; image classification; image segmentation
Department of Cardiovascular and Endocrine-Metabolic Diseases and Aging, National Institute of Health, 00161 Rome, Italy
Interests: biomedical engineering; Diabetic foot; gait analysis; telerehabilitation
Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, 34127 Trieste, Italy
Interests: biomedical engineering; cybersecurity; AI; EHR; telemedicine; software design; medical device regulation
ICT Department, Reggio Emilia Local Health Authority, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Interests: biomedical engineering, healthcare information systems, healthcare management, medical image processing; Bayes methods; bifurcation; biomedical optical imaging; image classification; patient diagnosis; physiological models; image segmentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are getting ubiquitously incorporated in health care provider’s systems. Those technologies are growingly adopted—at an impressive pace—in order to cope with a very wide range of health domains including diagnostics and therapeutics, administration and accounting, health infrastructure service and maintenance, data and big data management and analytics, e-health services, clinical research, mobile and tele-care but also, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, the use of “smart” technologies in order to cope with unprecedented public and global health crises.

ICT solutions and applications certainly have the potential to give an important contribution to healthcare goals: however they are being incrementally introduced into healthcare organizations and their ICT infrastructures that were not purposedly designed to consistently deal with security and safety issues. For a long time, functional safety and cybersecurity of network connected systems were not considered a high investment priority in health care settings, as well as health data privacy. At the same time, experience and reports show that an increasing number of existing medical systems and devices show a reduced aptitude in being effectively incorporated into ICT environments that were not designed to host them. 

This may represent an issue, since healthcare setting is a peculiar environment where human safety issues coexist with personal privacy, data privacy and systems security ones. 

Given this scenario, there is a need to explore new, cross-border collaborative approaches among physicians, ICT professionals, clinical/biomedical engineers, managers, as well as ICT systems and medical devices manufactures in order to maintain efficiency, safety and resiliency of health care workflows and health care provider’s systems.

This Special Issue calls for interdisciplinary technical descriptions of real life experiences, approaches, regulatory and technical standards issues, seeking original papers proposing safe, secure and privacy preserving ICT related experiences and solutions in healthcare settings, as well as case studies, reviews and reports focused on the same topic.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Martelli
Prof. Dr. Claudia Giacomozzi
Prof. Dr. Antonio Bartolozzi
Prof. Dr. Marco Foracchia
Guest Editors

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  • information and communication technologies in healthcare
  • e-health services
  • data privacy and systems security in health care settings
  • big data privacy-preserving models
  • biomedical informatics and technologies
  • cybersecurity risks and privacy
  • digital healthcare standards and regulations

Published Papers

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